Self-Growing Shelter

  • Biesbosch is a national park in the south of the Netherlands. Usually the river floods about three times a year and covers parts of the park with water. From that, to build permanent constructions from wood or bricks for recreation would be difficult. Feike de Jong came up with Biesbosch Expedition, a steel frame overgrown by willow shoots taking root. Embrace the nature, instead of preventing unwanted forces of nature to occur, like building dykes to prevent land from flooding. The roots of the willows on the riverside will secure the house, even when water levels rise. When it’s dry, it’s a picnic spot or even a shelter to stay in for a couple of nights.

    With the same principles De Jong created a self-growing compost toilet, fresh water storage and kitchen to match with the shelter to complete the whole experience in nature.

    This article belongs to our Dutch Design Week 2011 series, in which we showcase ten great designs spotted at the Design Academy’s graduation show.